Sopra 3s are to be delivered today, but I'm not sure what good a comparison would be at this point. I've completely changed my system.
Moon by Simaudio 600i
Lumin T1 (only constant)
I was offered a tremendous deal on the Sopra 3s, so I decided it was a great chance to get off the Wilson + ARC + Transparent Audio train. I'm hopeful about Sopra + Simaudio, but my history would tell me it's a (brief) stop before getting back aboard the train.
Some of you know the drill; you can't un-hear what you've heard in your room. For me that high-water mark is Alexia (1) + ARC Ref 5SE + ARC Ref75 + Transparent Ultra... Anything less in those brands, has just been a tease.
Here's to hoping!
I think you will be surprised how well the sopra 3s sound with the right gear. I switched from set amps and horns to the sopra 3s with a ss amp and tube pre. Mike
What did you find comparing Sopra to Sasha
@alfa100 This is testing memory, but hopefully helpful.
Generally I have found Focal Sopra 1, 2, 3 (but NOT Diablo EVO...more later) to be fundamentally - house sound - different than Wilson Audio in the following ways. (Note: these observations are summary and over the recent few years with solid state A/B and A and tube separates of different brands but all combinations fed with Lumin T1 or A1 streamers. Also cabling was either TA Ultra gen5 or Nordost v2 Heimdall)
General comparison (note above) between Focal S3, S2, S1 and Wilson Audio Sasha 1, Sophia 3, Sabrina 1)
- Focal had more air and transparency
- The trade-off was more of a sense of listening to the recorded music through Focal vs the performance through Wilson.
- More connection to the artist and their intention through the connection to the actual performance with the Wilson.
- Focal a bit more cerebral.
- Wilson a bit more emotional
- Focal felt like the woofers were moving more air, but less punch, texture and definition when compared to Wilson.
- The biggest detractor for me with Sopra 3, 2, 1 was the stand-out, attention-grabbing mid-tweeter range. There was a ’shoutyness’ to it sent an almost electrified ’zing’ through the range. Most notably impacting the authenticity of female vocals.
- This does get much better (not fully resolved) w the better balanced Sopra 3.
- Note: the ’zing’ observation could be that I wasn’t good at allowing (suffering through) break-in. I never had a Sopras for longer than 200hours.
- Diablo Evo Utopia
- Take ALL of the negatives I’ve pointed at Focal above, and erase them.
- Enhance ALL of the positives I’ve attributed to Focal above.
- This is a tremendous speaker.
- More transparency and NO ’zing’.
- Close to the music, performance, and intention.
- Stunner right out of the box and only got better.
- This is the best speaker I’ve heard in medium or smaller rooms.
- You do get more bass from the Sabrina of course, and perhaps a bit more gravitas to the sound, but the Diablo beats it everywhere else.
Here are my two favorite combos ever:
- #1 Wilson Audio Alexia 1 with ARC Ref 75SE amp and 5SE pre with TA Ultra Gen5 and Lumin T or A1. (Need a 250sqft room or more and even then it depends on positioning and build. Mine was dedicated 280sqft and I wouldn’t want to have less room and flexibility).
- Actual System Cost (new/used mix): $55-60K
- #2 Focal Diablo EVO Utopia with PrimaLuna Evo 400 preamp going to Luxman 590axii (bypass pre to use class A amp only) Nordost Heimdall 2 and Lumin A1.
- Actual System Cost
- (new/used mix): $35-40
- The rest would be Sasha (but honestly Sophia 3 was so close to Sasha 1, I wouldn’t pay up again...better spent elsewhere), Sophia 3, Sabrina, Sopra 3, Sopra 2... I wouldn’t get Sopra 1 again.
Hope that helps!
You may find the system is a bit on the bright side with the moon t1 combo
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